Actress Cate Blanchett arriving for the world premiere of The Hobbit movie in Courtenay Place in Wellington, 28 November 2012
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The Hobbit world premiere: Stars gather in 'Middle Earth'

28 November 2012 Last updated at 11:05 GMT

Hobbit mania erupted in New Zealand's capital for the world premiere of Peter Jackson's new trilogy.

The first of the three movies - prequels to the Lord of the Rings trilogy - was shown at Wellington's Embassy Theatre on Wednesday evening.

Stars flew in for the event, which saw Wellington rebranded as "the Middle of Middle Earth"